Many people believe in the myth that sugar based foods contain lots of fat content. In fact, Sugar is actually not that bad for your body.
It is the excessive consumption of sugar that is unhealthy along with our lack of physical activity, and when sugar permeates in some form or another in most foods that we eat.
Sugar is basically glucose. So, any food that contains sugar has glucose. Read on to know how sugar reacts inside your body, and how your body reacts to it.
The basic purpose of glucose in our body is to provide immediate energy. Each gram of sugar provides 4 calories of energy.
When we consume sugary foods, this glucose gets immediately absorbed by our blood to be converted into energy. Since glucose is so quickly absorbed into our blood stream, the glucose levels in our blood shoots up. That’s why you feel a sudden surge of energy right after eating sugary food. When the blood glucose level shoots up and we’re not doing any physical activity to use up this glucose, the brain assumes that there is extra energy available and starts to store energy in the form of fat. So, the excess calories (energy) from glucose get converted to fat. Our brain is wired the way our primitive ancestors lived, not knowing when it would get food the next time. Its only in the last few hundred years that we’ve had some surety of food availability.
So, every time you eat something containing glucose and its not consumed by our normal bodily functions or exercise (like after dinner or mid-meal snacking), our brain signals this extra energy in the system to be stored as fat.
Next time, you’re going for that Danish pastry or craving those Rasgollas after dinner, think about how that’s going to affect your body.
Foods that contain glucose are sugar based foods and refined flour (maida). Foods with high sugar content are also called high glycemic index foods.
Fruits are sweet also, but they aren’t harmful to the body like glucose is.
Note: There are times when your body needs energy in the form of sugar or glucose if you’re exhausted or physically tired. Also, glucose is required during sickness.- Articles, data, text, image or video content posted on this site is checked by the Fitho team of nutritionists & fitness experts, or by research/studies, and opinions are based on our wide experience in helping thousands of people get fit, lose weight & manage their health.